What to do and see in West Yorkshire, United Kingdom (UK): The Best Places and Tips

December 6, 2017 Jeremy Dunfee

West Yorkshire is a metropolitan county in England. It is an inland and in relative terms upland county having eastward-draining valleys while taking in moors of the Pennines and has a population of 2.2 million. West Yorkshire came into existence as a metropolitan county in 1974 after the passage of the Local Government Act 1972.
Restaurants in West Yorkshire

1. Windsor Castle

Castle Hill, Windsor SL4 1PD, England +44 303 123 7304
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and offers an extraordinarily rich and varied day out. Throughout its history, the Castle has been redecorated, enlarged and rebuilt. Today The Queen spends most of her private weekends at the Castle, which is also used regularly for ceremonial and State occasions. Your ticket to Windsor Castle includes entry to our exhibition Waterloo at Windsor.

Reviewed By Not-too-picky-in-CT - Farmington, Connecticut

The highlight of the visit are the Apartments. We did go through Doll House display as the line wasn’t long, albeit i didn’t find it very interesting. We went late in day so it wasn’t crowed. Got a great tourist picture of my daughter with one of the palace guards. Wonderful place to just wonder around within the grounds as well.
Being an American, the British history mostly goes right over my head, but still enjoyed the visit.
Somewhat expensive but a must see if in Windsor.

Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, England +44 20 7747 2885
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4.5 based on 32 reviews

National Gallery

The National Gallery houses the national collection of paintings in the Western European tradition from the 13th to the 19th centuries. It is on show 361 days a year, free of charge.

Reviewed By USHis2ryTeacher - NW Arkansas

This museum is completely free! Took us a couple hours to go through all galleries at a brisk pace. Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, and many other famous European artists’ works are on display here. The Egyptian works display is simply incredible. Our favorites were “The Thinker” and the Rosetta Stone.

3. Hen Corner

Lateward Road, Brentford, Ealing TW8 0PL, England
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Hen Corner

Baking - Preserving - Artisan Food Making - Poultry & Bee Keeping - Traditional Skills Whether it's welcoming guests to our courses or working with schools, Hen Corner is bringing together the country and the city, helping you turn your urban corner green.

Reviewed By Christina N - Slough, United Kingdom

Absolutely wonderful "Toast & Marmalade" workshop at Hen Corner, making traditional Seville Orange Marmalade, a Lemon, Ginger & Honey Marmalade, and a loaf of bread. Sara was an excellent teacher - and aside from the marmalade making, she taught us a whole different way of mixing and kneading dough that really produced great bread. Mine was a mix of 40% seeded white/60% wholemeal flour, using normal Dove yeast, so easily replicated. It tasted great both as sandwiches and toast.
So far I've dug into the Lemon marmalade (designed by Sara for a Honey Show competition), which is delicious and definitely worth repeating. The ginger in syrup ingredient adds a little kick that knocks it out of the flu 'lemon & honey' taste profile and into something really lovely.
We also got to check out their mini urban smallholding backyard, complete with hens and bee hives as well as the kitchen garden. It's a little slice of 'Good Life' paradise in the centre of London.
It was an excellent day - learnt lots, in a lovely environment, delicious lunch and afternoon tea, it was a great deal of fun and very sociable with four other lovely ladies. I would definitely recommend the Hen Corner courses (there's a Cider course in September), and am actually going back next month to do the "Cheese in a Day" course to learn to make Mozzarella, Feta and Camembert. Looking forward to it!

4. SMJ Falconry

Long Ridging Farm Stairs | Hawksbridge Lane, Oxenhope BD22 9QY, England +44 1535 646800
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SMJ Falconry

SMJ Falconry is a private Bird of prey centre based outside of Oxenhope, West Yorkshire. We are only open to pre-booked experience days. We also run educational school visits, displays and corporate days.

Reviewed By ECBSheffield - Sheffield

It happened to be raining and then snowing during our afternoon falconry experience but Rhiannon still managed to adapt the day so we could see birds inside and out. There are a great variety of birds and it is very relaxed. The only thing I would recommend is perhaps a sign to the house from the main road as it wasn't clear where the place was from the main road.

5. Abbotts View AlpacasAbbotts View Farm

Abbotts View Farm Moat Lane | Abbotts View Farm, Aylesbury HP22 4NF, England +44 7989 063595
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Abbotts View AlpacasAbbotts View Farm

An appointment only family run farm in glorious Buckinghamshire countryside offering Walks with Alpacas and private Group/Corporate Visits. Come and learn about these wonderfully inquisitive animals and take them for a walk around our 22 acres. Meet our rare breed sheep and pigs, pygmy goats, ducks, rabbits and Guinea pigs and sample some of Jo's famous homemade cakes! Relaxing, peaceful and true escapism. Please note that as we are not an open farm visits are only by private booking only.

Reviewed By FriendOfPing

Bought as a gift we arrived one wet and windy Sunday morning. The weather didn't matter one jot. We were enlightened about keeping al pacas and all the other animals on the farm by the lovely owners. The story about the ducks is one you...MoreHa ha. The duck story. Not one for detailing online! Thanks for coming and for the review. I'm glad the weather didn't spoil it.

6. Coda Falconry

Stubbins Hall Lane | Lee Valley Park Farm, Waltham Abbey EN9 2EF, England
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Coda Falconry

Welcome to Coda Falconry - we are an award winning bird of prey centre based within the Lee Valley Park Farm, Essex and pride ourselves on the outstanding care and devotion given to our diverse collection of birds. Our friendly and approachable team will be on hand throughout the day to answer any questions you may have regarding the birds within our centre - we strive to make your day an unforgettable and interactive falconry experience that both children and adults can enjoy. As well as flying demonstrations throughout the day, Coda Falconry also offers a wide range of "Falconry Experiences" for those who would like to learn more about training and flying birds of prey or who simply wish to encounter a magical moment (or several!) when flying our birds to the gloved hand.

Reviewed By Chris H

An absolutely outstanding experience - “one of the best days ever” to quote my seven-year old son. Emily, Elliot and Luke took us on a wonderful woodland walk with a beautiful barn owl named Dusk. It was brilliant to have Dusk flying around us and perching on our gloves for food and a lift as we went about the walk. All of the staff were extremely knowledgeable about all the birds, patiently fielding all sorts of inquisitive questions and enthusiastically passing on a never ending supply of interesting facts. I think what impressed us most though was the genuine bond between the birds and the staff and it was a joy to watch the interactions between them. We’ll definitely be back for more and looking forward to the next experience.

7. The Cooking Academy

London Road | Silverwood, Rickmansworth WD3 1JR, England +44 1923 778880
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The Cooking Academy

The Cooking Academy teaches people how to prepare and cook food from around the world in a professional, enthusiastic, creative and enjoyable way. We are unique in our approach to cookery by putting ingredients and their beneficial health properties at the heart of everything we teach. We run a wide range of publicly available classes, social events for families and groups of friends. We also have an extensive corporate client-base for whom we provide team-building events as well as corporate entertainment & hospitality events.

Reviewed By JannValenzuela - Stevenage, United Kingdom

From booking to taking part, this has been a first class experience. My lovely hubby got us both vouchers for christmas 2016 but sadly he had to travel on the day we booked and thus needed to change my companion at the last minute, a quick phonecall to explain the situation and Chloe had it all dealt with.
I've never been on a cookery masterclass before so no expectations, but the bar has been set very high after today's experience.
A small group of strangers were welcomed and settled in with a choice of teas or coffee. The tutor for the day, Kumud, gave us lots of insight into why certain spices are used and highlighted the medicinal properties as well as culinary use.
We had the benefit of verbal, observational and hands on learning to ensure we could practice what we had learned. Some of the foods we cooked became our lunch, another dish was prepared by us as a takeaway.
The spices we used were available to purchase at a reasonable price and I took this as an opportunity to obtain 'the real things' as well as further supporting a business.
Kumud and her colleagues run many different courses both inhouse and as corporate events. I would highly recommend anyone with an interest in Indian cuisine to attend this half day course, and if the other courses are a patch on this one they will also be excellent.

8. National Coal Mining Museum for England

Caphouse Colliery New Road | Caphouse Colliery, Overton, Wakefield WF4 4RH, England +44 1924 848806
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National Coal Mining Museum for England

The National Coal Mining Museum for England is a unique place where the history of mining over several centuries is preserved both above and below ground. Meet a miner and descend 140m underground on a unique mine tour.

Reviewed By ajw46 - Forfar, United Kingdom

Exceptional revealing tour, tour guide Peter was enthusiastic, knowledgeable humorous and excellent, probably the best site tour guide I’ve ever had. Access was first class even for 97 year old FIL learn the origins of numerous commonly used sayings originating from the mining industry and the impact of mechanisation.
2 hour tour great value. 100% recommended

9. British Museum

Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG, England +44 20 7323 8299
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British Museum

A museum of the world, for the world. Discover over two million years of human history and culture. Some of the world-famous objects include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and Egyptian mummies.

Reviewed By Nicky A - Somerset, United Kingdom

A great collection of collections - so much to see.
We also had lunch in here, good choice and we found a quiet corner.
Wheelchair accessibility
Very good arrangements to get into the building, and around the exhibits. Many of the toilets appeared to be closed so it was hard to find an accessible toilet, and when we did find one it had a very long queue, was dirty and a sign said 'no hot water'.

10. V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum

Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL, England +44 20 7942 2000
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V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum

The world's greatest museum of art and design.The V&A's collections are unrivalled in their diversity. Explore historical and contemporary art and design, including works of art from many of the world's richest cultures. Admission free.

Reviewed By Helen G - wrexham

We’d never been to the V & A before, mainly because we didn’t think it would interest us, I just thought it was fashion. Anyway, how wrong we were! I loved the place, so much more there than I thought. Statues, religious artefacts, instruments, ceramics and glass, all sorts of fantastic designs and history. Definitely would go again

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